Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) is a partnership of Boston neighborhood coalitions, hospitals, not-for-profits and community-based organizations, health centers, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and residents. BACH was created over twenty years ago as part of a Massachusetts Department of Public Health initiative.
BACH recently completed an intensive Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) process and from that has identified five strategic issues in the city of Boston to address. Since completing the MAPP process, BACH has formed four workgroups, (Issues 1 and 5 are combined) to focus on these issues. The groups are directed by local public health leaders and each is assisted by at least one member of BACH’s staff.
The Boston Alliance for Community Health’s staff includes three full-time employees, an AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator from Social Capital Inc., and Master level interns. We are led by a 21-person Steering Committee of community coalition and organization leaders, hospital and health care representatives, and government agencies. Its members also lead a range of subcommittees which guide our work. Health Resources in Action is our fiscal sponsor.
Through its committees, strategic workgroups, and various initiatives, BACH aims to make Boston a healthier and a more equitable place to live, play, learn and work.
Learn more about BACH’s work and staff on its website. http://bostonalliance.org/.
Boston Alliance for Community Health initiatives:
- Alignment for Health Equity and Development aims to generate shared investments and interventions among the community development, public health, and health care sectors: http://bostonalliance.org/ahead/
- Let’s Get Healthy Boston is a $5.4 million, 3-year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Partnerships Improving Community Health initiative, with a goal of reducing the burden of chronic disease through tobacco, nutrition and physical activity work: http://bostonalliance.org/lets-get-healthy-boston/
- Grant support is available from BACH to support community health initiatives that align with our strategic issues within individual neighborhoods and citywide: http://bostonalliance.org/grants/
- BACH is an active member of the Act FRESH statewide coalition that addresses food insecurity and barriers to physical activity in Massachusetts: http://bostonalliance.org/public-policy-advocacy/act-fresh-priorities/
- BACH promotes Sustainable Community Health Worker Programs via participation in MA Department of Public Health’s Linkages Community of Practice, which supports community health worker implementation and sustainability: http://bostonalliance.org/sustainable-community-health-worker-chw-programs/
- BACH provides opportunities for Community Engagement and Learning through CEMC Workshops and Learning Community Meetings that provide capacity building, share best practices, network, build skills and knowledge, strengthen neighborhood cohesion; and through the BachLEARN (BACH Leadership, Education and Activism Resource Newsletter) bi-weekly newsletter: http://bostonalliance.org/community-engagement-and-learning/